• YOU ARE A BUM

    I was assigned to do a one-page essay in my Academic Writing and Research class. Mr. Cotton gave us 40 minutes to write it. The topic was “Heroes,” and I had to pick someone. I went with Ree, because picking Jesus, though it would’ve been more accurate, just seemed a bit cliché somehow at a…

  • Thief in the Night – I’m supposed to be here.

    Oh my word. I was just doing a google search to see if anyone had made a music video for Rich Mullins’ song called “Thief in the Night” when I made a discovery that let me know that God is in what I’m doing here. See, how this whole thing started was like this: I…

  • You’ve gotta be kidding me (or) I don’t WANT to survive, Otto! I wanna LIVE!!

    This is ridiculous. I really… yeah. This is just crazy. The past 3 days have been a crazy blur of activity, inactivity, activity, and insanity. And I still don’t know quite what’s going on. I guess I’ll start with Monday. Monday, August 17, 2009 I called the place I was gonna rent an apartment from.…

  • A Time To Weep, and a Time to Laugh

    The summer is over. The Jumonville grounds echo the sounds of a full summer; when you walk outside, you can almost hear the echoes of the kids laughing and the staff shouting out important safety rules, then explaining that every last one of them is a beautiful, unrepeatable miracle, or BUM. The staff cabins, Andrew…

  • Jumonville Update I

    Hey everyone! Thank you for your prayers for me and the people you know and love up here… and those you don’t know yet. You know, I’d been thinking of all the things I wanted to say… and now that I finally have a keyboard and a few minutes to collect my thoughts, I can’t…

  • “But I tried hard as I could….”

    Bear with me. This note is gonna be hard totype because for the first time I’m writing a facebook note with my eyes closed, so I don’t know how it’s gonna work out. Some background…. I was at a friend’s house last night and just snapping wood and tossing it into the fire and when…

  • Saviour, renamed.

    So I was reading Numbers a week or two ago and I came upon this odd little verse tucked away in chapter 13: “These are the names of the men whom Moses sent to spy out the land; but Moses called Hoshea the son of Nun, Joshua.” Why, I wondered, did Moses change Joshua’s name…

  • Goodbye, Ordinary (or) Finding Home

    Hey guys! Thank you SO much for your prayers! I’ve got a line on the first floor of this house in Greensburg that they’ll let me rent for three months, and I can move in this weekend! I keep thinking I need to get this out, so here goes: I feel like I’m waving goodbye…

  • Huge Prayer Request

    Most facebook notes are about 25 things about me. Most are outdated. Most are posted because I wasn’t doing anything else and I had to make it seem like something was happening. Just bein’ honest. This one, however, is a little different. It’s a little crazy. In fact, it’s absurd. But it’s happening. And I…

  • “Are you ready for Christmas?”

    I hear that question all the time. “Are you ready for Christmas?” I asked one person what they meant by that. It was what I figured. “Do you have the decor up, have you sent out Christmas cards, have you bought all the presents for everyone on your list?” A Todd Agnew YouTube video challenged…